Background: Around the 11th last month, my eyelid became red and slightly irritated. I checked in with the ER doc, and he suggested it was allergies. Fast forward a few days, it started swelling. Around this time I was under stress since it was the final weeks of school. It got bigger and more red. I did warm compresses only once at night. I didn't think too much of it because I was busy worrying about school. School ends, and I fully freak out because it's still there! I've been doing warm green tea bag compresses, OTC Stye eye drops from Rite Aid religiously for almost a week. I finally got a whitehead to pop up big enough, and since the swelling was starting to droop, I decided to lance it myself since it is external (sterile everything). A little pus came out, but nothing else. Continued with the warm compresses, the swelling has gone down a lot, but there is still a red bump right smack in the middle. I lanced it Friday night. One scab has fell off to review the still there bump. I believe it was a result of my old contacts since that left contact irritated the crap outta me the first day it started. I've stopped eye makeup usage and I hardly ever rub or touch my eyes. (I work in a hospital with direct patient contact.)
Have any of you guys had a stubborn sty like this? It's been almost 3 weeks, and I miss wearing my contacts. My glasses are 5 years old! I'm debating whether or not to wait for an extra 7 days for the healing process, or to finally cave in and see an eye specialist. I've read online and it seems like the only remedies are antibiotics, warm compresses, and lancing. This is my first sty ever!